Sybille Straubinger

Managing Director of the VIDC
Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 81

has been Managing Director at the VIDC since 2018.

She studied political science in combination of subjects with development policy and economics at the University of Vienna and earned a master’s degree General Management MBA at the TU Vienna/DU Krems. She is a member of the provincial parliament, has worked as a provincial managing director, senior consultant in a PR agency, parliamentary assistant and as a freelance journalist.

Franz Schmidjell

Deputy Management
Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 82

responsible for Africa policy at VIDC Global Dialogue.

Initiator of the VIDC department kulturen in bewegung. Organises information and cultural festivals (Sura Za Africa, Onda Latina, Ke Nako Africa, moving cultures), exchange programmes, tours, exhibitions and workshops; supervises cultural projects in Africa.
Studied commercial sciences at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration with several trips and research stays in South East Asia and South Asia.

Bookkeeping, personnel and project accounting

Waltraut Wageneder 

Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 98

is responsible in the administration of the VIDC for bookkeeping, payroll accounting and various project settlements.

After studying business administration at the University of Linz, he gained professional experience in several NGOs.


Lisa Bucksch

Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 60

works at the VIDC in the administration as well as in the VIDC Global Dialogue department as a project assistant. Among other things, she is responsible for the social media presence of the VIDC Global Dialogue department.

She has a bachelor's degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology and a master's degree in International Development with focus on inequality, economics and natural resources at the University of Vienna. Her Master's thesis was on forced resettlement in Chile.


Ewelina Pruszynska

Board of Trustees

Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek

President. Former Federal Minister, Member of the National Council

Christa Esterházy

Vice President. Long-time member of the Catholic Women's Movement & Chairwoman of the Working Group on Development Cooperation

Michael Ludwig (i.V. Kurt Stürzenbecher)

Mayor and Governor of Vienna

Peter Jankowitsch

Diplomat, former Foreign Minister, former European State Secretary (Integration and Development Cooperation)

Erich Andrlik

Head of the VIDC for many years, employee at the Austrian Mission to the United Nations